Back Issue > August 2012
A Parts Pro Should Think Like A Beatle
I’m on the 100-step plan toward becoming a Beatle. No, I’m not going to get a mop-top haircut and learn guitar (actually, I play drums), but I’ve been reading a great business book. It’s called
Automotive Parts Associates President and CEO  Dan Freeman Announces Retirement
Automotive Parts Associates President and CEO Dan Freeman Announces Retirement
LENEXA, Kan. – At a recent board meeting in Chicago, Dan Freeman, president and CEO of Automotive Parts Associates (APA), announced his intention to retire.
O’Reilly Automotive Reports Second-Quarter 2012 Results
Sales for the second quarter increased $84 million, or 6 percent, to $1.56 billion from $1.48 billion for the same period one year ago.
Deeza Chassis Releases 135 New Part Numbers In First Half Of 2012
Deeza provides more than 85 percent coverage for North American import applications with more than 95 percent on-time delivery and fill rates.
Genuine Parts Co. Reports Record Second-Quarter Sales And Earnings
For the six months ended June 30, sales totaled $6.5 billion, up 6 percent compared to the same period in 2011.
The Altrom Group Announces Supplier, Sales People Of The Year Awards
During the event, several awards were presented at the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony celebrating achievements in 2011.
Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Announces New Member
SAN ANTONIO — The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance (The Alliance) has announced the addition of Auto Refacciones Franco, S.A. de C.V. as the newest Auto Value shareholder member, effective July 1. “We are honored to announce
The Parts House Acquires Jacksonville-Based Eastern Imports
Based in Jacksonville, with locations in Gainesville, Ocala and Tallahassee, Eastern Imports provides quality parts and service to the import vehicle aftermarket, carrying brands such as Aisin, ATE, Akebono, Bosch, Brembo, Bando, Centric, DENSO, DSS ...
Uni-Select Announces New Senior Management Appointments
BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec – Uni-Select Inc. announced several new appointments within its senior management team. William Alexander has been appointed president and chief operating officer, U.S. Automotive.   Danie
Gabriel Receives AutoZone Extra Miler Award
More than 700 top AutoZone and supplier executives attended the event and Gabriel was selected for this award from among a pool of close to 500 suppliers.
O’Reilly Auto Parts, K&N Filters To Discuss Award-Winning Data Delivery At AASA Technology Council Fall Conference
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Representatives of O’Reilly Auto Parts and K&N Filters will discuss the suppliers’ award-winning data delivery program at the Fall Conference of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (A
Vast-Auto To Open DC In Quebec City
Since the acquisition of Base Automotive in 2007 and the opening of a second distribution center in Ontario in 2009, this newest addition in Quebec’s capital brings Vast-Auto’s total number of distribution centers to four.
Spectra Premium Announces Paper-Free Cataloging Initiative
BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec — Spectra Premium has released new catalogs in digital format. “Evolving to a paper-free catalog environment combines the company initiatives of first-to-market technology enhancements, ease of access t
Standard Auto Parts Announces New Warehouse
The company's new 11,000-square-foot warehouse is staffed by a manager/dispatcher, a stock keeper and a host of drivers.
MAHLE Clevite Expands Online Offering Of Victor Reinz Gasket Data Utilizing OptiCat
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – MAHLE Clevite has expanded the Victor Reinz online product offering in conjunction with the implementation of a new data distribution method. The distribution system utilizes technology provided by OptiCat. Vict
Automotive Jobbers Supply Hosts ‘Ken Schrader Invitational’ In Spokane, Wash.
STAUNTON, Va. – What do you do when a racing legend is in the neighborhood? Create your own racing event. That is what Federated member Automotive Jobbers Supply did when they hosted the “Ken Schrader Invitational” June 21 at
Epicor Vision Software Now Includes Hosting Capability, Additional New Features for Aftermarket Distributors
The Epicor Vision software is a flexible and scalable Microsoft Windows-based solution for distributors that want to control costs through efficient inventory management and differentiate their businesses by delivering a superior customer experience,...
Johnson Controls Brings AGM Battery Technology To North America
Johnson Controls has been manufacturing AGM batteries in Europe since 2002, where it produces more than 3 million VARTA Start-Stop Plus AGM batteries annually.
NPD To Launch Automotive Retail Tracking Service
According to David Portalatin, NPD Group executive director of industry analysis, this new product serves as an expansion of the work previously done with its Aftermarket Industry Monitor, which NPD suspended publication of in January.
United Auto Supply Customer Wins Federated-ATP ‘TTech Sweepstakes’
United Auto Supply Customer Wins Federated-ATP ‘TTech Sweepstakes’
The Federated-ATP “TTech Sweepstakes” was designed to tie in with ATP’s involvement in the Federated-sponsored “Two Guys Garage” television show that airs on SPEED.
Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Announces Auto Value And Bumper To Bumper ‘BIG GAME’ Sweepstakes Winners
SAN ANTONIO – Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper parts stores have announced the first four of 24 professional technician winners in the BIG GAME Sweepstakes. Each of these grand prize winners will receive two tickets for the BIG GAME in New Orlean
20th Annual Technical Forum: Batteries
Q: What’s the difference between a regular car battery and an AGM car battery? A. A conventional 12-volt lead acid car battery contains liquid electrolyte (sulfuric acid) between the lead cell plates while an
20th Annual Technical Forum: Filters
Q: Filters have long been a common maintenance item. But with longer factory service intervals and “lifetime” filters becoming more common, how often do filters really need to be replaced? A. There
20th Annual Technical Forum: Belts And Hoses
Q: If a serpentine belt is squealing should it be replaced? A. It depends on the condition of the belt (whether it is worn or contaminated with oil or coolant), and belt tension. A worn or glazed serpentine belt can
20th Annual Technical Forum: Wipers
Q: Are conventional frame style wiper blades going to disappear from windshields? A. Many late-model vehicles are now being factory equipped with flat or bracketless beam style wiper blades.  These have a number
20th Annual Technical Forum: Brake Rotors
Q: Should brake rotors be replaced when new brake pads are installed? A. It depends on the condition and thickness of the rotors. Like brake pads, rotors are a wear item and don’t last forever. The rotors wear
20th Annual Technical Forum: Brake Friction
Q: Can you mix different kinds of friction materials on the same wheel?  A. Yes. Some original equipment and aftermarket brake suppliers are now using different types of friction materials for the inner and oute
20th Annual Technical Forum: Shocks And Struts
Q: Are mechanical shocks and struts going away? A. Ordinary hydraulic shocks and struts on many late-model vehicles have been replaced with electronic adjustable dampers that are capable of varying suspension stiffne
20th Annual Technical Forum: Chassis Parts
Q: How does a Short-Long Arm (SLA) suspension differ from a strut suspension?  A. SLA suspensions use a pair of control arms on each side to support the steering knuckle and wheel. The pivot points of the arms a
20th Annual Technical Forum: A/C Refrigerant Hoses
Q: How do A/C refrigerant hoses differ from coolant hoses? A. Refrigerant hoses on the high side of the A/C system (the discharge hose between the A/C compressor and condenser, and the hose from the condenser to the
20th Annual Technical Forum: Wheel Bearings
Q: Do wheel bearings require any maintenance? A. The wheel bearing cartridges and hub assemblies on late-model vehicles do not require any maintenance. They are sealed for life and cannot be lubricated.
Doing The Math On Hot-Shot Deliveries
The one thing I learned in college algebra was that I’m not a math genius. I was fairly good at math operations, but was never worth a dime at applying algebraic formulas to real-world problems. I nevertheless found that I could measure the ef
Go Ahead And Laugh
I’m sure before you ever started to read this column you noticed the photo below first. From time to time during my travels, I see something that, at first glance, is humorous or ironic. If it stays with me long enough, I get out the old pen a
Planning To Close A Store?
Fortunately with my current company, we’ve not had to close a store. But, in a previous lifetime, we had to close a few stores for a numbers of reasons. It’s never easy to waltz in and tell the staff that they have a few
Using apps to sell parts: Better Notes, More Margin
I get lots of questions from friends and colleagues about the tech gadgets I own. They enthusiastically approach me to share their likes on the latest gadgets they have bought. More times than not, they walk away from these consultations a bit disapp
Your Job Has Changed? Or Has It?
By Allen Markowitz and Allan Gerber Back in the 1960s and 1970s, our Manhattan (NYC) store manager Anthony “Slim” Stech always enjoyed selling walk-in customers tail light bulbs. After the custo

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